Ten Things Not To Say to a Writer

Ten Things Not To Say To a Writer is a trending hashtag on Twitter at the moment. A lot of what was said really struck a chord with me. I mean, I know I am not some mega-successful author like J.K. Rowling (not yet, anyway), but I am a writer and still get ridiculous comments. 

Here are some of my favorite tweets from this hashtag.

Please never do this if I write a book. Do not tell someone that their book is in the bargain bin. It might be there because Barnes & Noble bought too many copies. You never know the reason behind it.

Similarities exist, of course, for a lot of things. Sometimes it’s crap (50 Shades of Grey), but similar plots don’t necessarily mean bad writing. Look at all the high fantasies over the years that use the “Big Quest” formula. Many tell great stories. What matters in a situation is if the writer grasps how characters and narrative work.

James Patterson uses ghostwriters. People use his name and write stories about his characters, so he doesn’t necessarily write that much anymore. He used to, though. He is prolific because he can actually write. Just because something is deemed to have little literary value doesn’t take away from the fact someone writes.

Um, no. Writing can be damn hard.

The corollary to the anyone can be a writer. People just think all it takes is “free” time to write. It’s not really free if you are trying to focus on narratives. Not everyone can just walk up to a computer and compose a purposeful story.

Shut up. Yes it is.

I have had this actually asked of me before. I curse because I feel I can. We live in a world where cursing isn’t considered as bad as it used to be. I think a well placed “fuck” or “ass” can really liven up a sentence. I know that this might hold me back from some publications, but it doesn’t necessarily detract from the quality of the writing.

I doubt YA is easy to write. I have a few friends writing YA and it sounds just as stressful as writing nonfiction pop culture articles. Maybe even more so.

See what you have done, society? People like this exist.

Star Trek TNG Meme
Picard states how I feel

Please, oh writer friends of mine, share your experiences in the comments.

By Alyson

Queer Pop Culture Junkie in the Northwest. Addicted to Coffee, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Fantasy Sports, The Mountain Goats, and Tottenham Hotspur.

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